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From dance teachers to cosmetic consultants to grad students: Meet the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders

Editor's note: We will be profiling all of the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders throughout the 2018 season. Their stories will appear on AtlantaFalcons.com every few weeks.

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Katie V.

Occupation: Dance educator and fitness instructor

What made you interested in this career?

Performing is my favorite thing to do. After growing up as a classically trained dancer and performing in concert works, I wanted to broaden my horizons and take dance from the stage to the field. Exploring what I love in a professional setting has truly been a blessing!

How long have you been doing this?
I cheered with the team from 2012-2014 then moved to NYC to continue pursuing a career in dance (bucket list) and this is my first year back as an AFC!

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
It is amazing to have a platform to empower and uplift people of all ages and in all walks of life. Representing an organization with 35 other likeminded women makes me feel extemely lucky.

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job?

The good vibes. No joke. When you shine, so do others. 

What was your first job?

My first job was babysitting. My grandparents lived in a cul-de-sac surrounded by young parents so I had plenty of business.

What made you decide that you wanted to teach dance? Do you see yourself doing this forever?

I always admired my dance teachers and knew that one day I would be in their shoes. It was never a question of “if” but more-so “when”. Dance is something I will teach forever. When I get overwhelmed I ask myself, “Ok, in a perfect world, with no bills or obligations, what classes would I give up?” And the answer is always “zero.” Even in the most stressful of times, its a good reminder that it’s a passion, not a paycheck.

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Veronica P.

Occupation: Cosmetic consultant

What made you interested in this career?

This career chose me! I love using my passion for the arts & skincare to empower women.

How long have you been doing this?

I have been a youth coach for several years, and this is my first year coaching semi-pro. 

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?

Watching women take their dreams and make them real is so rewarding to me.

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job?

From AFC I bring our “in it to win it!” spirit. Together we always achieve more.

What was your first job?

My first job was at Chick-fil-a and I loved it.

What are your biggest passions? What has teaching a semi-pro dance team done for you?

My biggest passion is to keep dreaming & working hard to make those dreams my reality and to show young people that they can do whatever they put their hearts and minds to.

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Priscilla W.

Occupation: Gymnastics instructor, student

What made you interested in this career?

I have always known that I wanted to continue to dance while I was in school getting my bachelors degree. I figured why not cheer for my favorite team as well?!

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?

Going out into the community and interacting with fans before games is truly the most rewarding part about being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader. 

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job?

I certainly bring lots of “spinergy” to my daily job and I’m sure my little gymnasts enjoy my enthusiasm.

What was your first job?

My first job was a gymnastics camp instructor, which actually led me to my current job! 

Have you always been interested in gymnastics? Did you compete?

Yes! I juggled gymnastics with two other sports and competed until my freshman year of high school! I competed up to level 8!

Elyse B.

Occupation: Graduate student and dance coach

What made you interested in this career?

I grew up cheering and dancing since I was 6 years old. I’ve always had amazing dance teachers who have always helped me to become the person I am today. I have always looked up to them and wanted to be able pursue a career in the cheer and dance industry. I love to help and mentor young girls. It's always amazing to see them grow and accomplish their dreams. 

How long have you been doing this?

I’ve been teaching dance and cheerleading since high school. Every summer I have the opportunity to teach and train at camps that helps young girls who are aspiring to make a collegiate or professional cheerleading or dance team. 

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?

The most rewarding part about my job is that I am able to use my gift of dance and watch girls who look up to me accomplish their dreams. I know that I am making an impact in their life physically and emotionally. It is always important for me to be a positive role model because I know that there is always someone watching me. 

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job?

Being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader, I have the opportunity to learn so much from my teammates. There is a lot of responsibility holding this title. I believe that AFC has instilled in me to be reliable and punctual. Having the chance to work with my teammates on a weekly basis has taught me to have compassion for others as well great listening skills.

What job would you like to have once you graduate with your degree in athletic leadership? Do you see yourself being a dance coach forever?

After receiving my degree in athletic leadership I would love to be a dance team/cheerleading coach or coordinator for a collegiate D1 school. Once I gain the experience from working on that level, I aspire to be able to work with the entertainment department for a professional organization such as an NFL cheerleading team. I look up to our coordinator, Chato, and choreographer, Jakene. I admire all of the hard work, dedication, and perseverance that they pour into our team and organization. I aspire to be able to hold a position in a career like them.

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Ashlee H.

Occupation: Grad student

What made you interested in this career?

I am currently seeking to be signed to a talent agency in Atlanta Georgia, in the hopes of becoming a commercial dancer. I became interested in this career after my senior year of high school at Nashville School of the Arts when I attended a senior trip to Los Angeles, California, where we took tons of dance classes from well known dancers who are in the industry now performing with well known singers. Throughout my rookie season with cheering for the Falcons, not only did it make me realize that I loved sports even more, but I admired the organization and loved the passion the fans and the entire Atlanta community has for their team. Because of this I made the decision to go back to school in the fall of 2019 to pursue my master's degree in sports administration/management.  

How long have you been doing this?

I have been dancing professionally since my freshman year of high school. After graduating, I decided to continue studies in dance while attending Alabama State University. 

What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?

The most rewarding thing about what I do is that I can treat it as an outlet to meditate. When I am feeling down, I usually find time to myself to just dance and let what I am feeling out. Afterwards I feel so much better. 

What can you bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to your daily job?

What I can bring from being an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader to my daily job is being able to maintain a friendly disposition and a sense of urgency. I am assigned tasks that need to be executed to the best of my abilities with also managing a flexible schedule that could have last minute changes.

What do you want to do when you graduate college? Have you always known you wanted to do this?

When I graduate grad school I will hopefully be working as a sports marketing specialist. I knew that I wanted to have a career within the sports and dance industry. I never really had an idea what career I wanted within the sports industry until I started cheering with the Falcons.

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